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Trump lashes out after judge bats down another immigration order

Trump lashes out after judge bats down another immigration orderPresident Trump lashed out early Wednesday after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against his "sanctuary cities" executive oder. Trump said he'd take it to the Supreme Court.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:26:53 -0400
White House Hypes 'OK' North Korea Briefing

White House Hypes 'OK' North Korea BriefingRachel Maddow looks at escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea and the peculiar, special all-senators briefing by the White House that left attendees underwhelmed.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:21:32 -0400
2 US soldiers killed fighting Isis in Afghanistan region hit by 'mother of all bombs'

2 US soldiers killed fighting Isis in Afghanistan region hit by 'mother of all bombs'Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said that the US personnel were killed overnight in the Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan. Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump confirmed to The Independent that the soldiers were killed while fighting Isis-Khorosan, the local affiliate of the terror group. This is the "same general area" - southern Nangarhar province - where the massive ordnance air blast, dubbed the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) was dropped earlier this month, Mr Stump said.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:32:00 -0400
Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photos

Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photosIraqi paramilitary troops fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, near Mosul, Iraq; the robes of Pope Francis are blown over his head by a gust of wind as he delivers his homily during the weekly audience in St. Peters Square in Vatican City; and demonstrators in Minsk, Belarus, mark the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:09:34 -0400
Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops

Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: CopsMarinna Rollins can be heard laughing as she and her boyfriend took turns shooting her service dog, authorities said.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:01:00 -0400
Large Rabbit Dies On United Flight To U.S.

Large Rabbit Dies On United Flight To U.S.Simon the rabbit, slated to be the world's largest bunny in the world, died on a United Airlines flight from the U.K.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:30:08 -0400
Theres one more reason I could never ditch my iPhone 7 Plus for a Galaxy S8

Theres one more reason I could never ditch my iPhone 7 Plus for a Galaxy S8I penned a piece on Wednesday in which I explained the five main reasons I could never switch to the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ from my iPhone 7 Plus.While my in-depth Galaxy S8 review approached Samsung's hot new flagship smartphones from a neutral viewpoint, this new supplemental piece offered a different point of view from me, as an end user. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Samsung has out-designed Apple with its new Galaxy S8, but in this post I covered key areas where Samsung still can't even approach the iPhone. There's one more reason I could never switch to the Galaxy S8 and ditch my iPhone 7 Plus, though, and it's a reason I never thought I would have. I've received more thantwo dozen emails and a handful of mentions on Twitter since published that opinion piece on Wednesday. Oddly, nearly every single one was from a person nodding in agreement. It's still early days, but I would wager that no Samsung phone released in the past few years has drawn more interest from iPhone users than the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It makes sense, of course, because they're stunning. And yet from the messages I've received and the conversations I've had elsewhere, Samsungfor the most part isn't actually stealing these users away. Everyone seems to be intrigued by the Galaxy S8, which features an incredible new "Infinity Display" design. The Super AMOLED screens on the S8 takesup an impressive 83% of the phone's face, which is the best screen-to-body ratio the world has ever seen on a widely available smartphone. Coupled with a curved front and back that make the S8 more comfortable and stylish than any other smartphone out there, and you've got yourself a winner. But is it enough to steal away many iPhone users? For me personally, there's simply no chance I could bail on Apple's ecosystem for the Galaxy S8. As I explained in yesterday's post, Apple's iPhone UX is still so much better than Android, it's not even close. The OS is smoother, the third-party apps are superior in design and performance, Apple's Continuity features arefantastic, and the iPhone itself outperforms every Android phone including the Galaxy S8. Add in the iPhone 7 Plus' class-leading battery life and Apple's unrivaled customer support, and you've got an experience that no other phone can match. Not even the Galaxy S8. There's one more reason I am personally locked into the iPhone though, and I think millions of other iPhone users would probably agree. Smartwatches, in general, are awful. They have been awful for years. And when rumors began swirling that Apple was developing its own smartwatch, I figured it too would be awful. I knew the device would be popular, of course, since Apple users are a dedicated bunch. But in terms of features and design, I certainly didn't think the Apple Watch would ever appeal to me. As anyone who has read my earlier Apple Watch coverage surely knows, I sang a different tune the moment I beganusing one. I'ma lifelong watch lover and collector who thought that there was no way a silly smartwatch could ever replace a mechanical watch on my wrist. Since buying my first Apple Watch shortly after it was released, I have sold almost every watch in my collection. In fact, over the past two years since I started wearing the Apple Watch, I've only gone for two or three days total without having it on my wrist. After testing every big-name Android (and Tizen) smartwatch that has been released over the past few years, I'm hesitant to lump Apple's watch into the same category. Early Android watches were garbage. There's no way around it. More recent offerings are vastly improved, and Samsung's most recent Tizen watch pretty nifty as well. "Nifty" is about as much as I can say for them, sadly. The Apple Watch is far smoother and more streamlined than anything its rivals have managed to cook up. It's also simpler, with a UX that practically anyone can figure out because just about everything makes sense. Simple doesn't mean it lacks features, however, and I rely on Apple Watch features all day long. I have different Apple Watch faces that display different complications, giving me zero-touch access to real-time information. The Dark Sky complication shows me the current weather conditions and alerts me when it's going to rain or snow. The Openfolio complication shows me exactly what my stock portfolio is doing. The Activity complication reminds me that I need to get off my butt and walk some more so I can meet the day's goals. Then, there are a number of third-party apps I rely on as well. For example, the August app lets me unlock my front door with a tap, and the Newton Mail app gives me rich notifications so I can quickly read previews of new emails and then delete or archive them. That last one is key for me because I can get anywhere from 200 to 400 emails in any given day, but the majority of them are messages I don't even need to read beyond the subject line to know I can delete them. With the Apple Watch, I tap one button and an email is deleted without having to pull my phone out of my pocket over and over. There are rival smartwatches that can handle some or even most of the tasks I perform on my Apple Watch, just as there are Android phones that can handle just about everything I do on my iPhone. But it's not the same. After all these years, and after all of the features other companies have copied, Apple still offers user experiences that are leaps and bounds beyond its competitors.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:08:35 -0400
Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza's electricity

Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza's electricityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade. Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:33:07 -0400
AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors

AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitorsPRIPYAT, Ukraine (AP) A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:26:43 -0400
Republicans offer stop-gap to avert US government shutdown

Republicans offer stop-gap to avert US government shutdownRepublican congressional leaders expressed confidence Thursday that a short-term stop-gap spending measure that funds federal operations will pass, easing the threat of a government shutdown as Donald Trump marks his 100th day as president. In seven morning postings, the billionaire businessman-turned-politician assailed several of the Democrats' positions, including the opposition party's refusal to fund the wall and call for a bailout of debt-saddled Puerto Rico.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:43:36 -0400
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